Counties in the Western District: Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Benzie, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Charlevoix, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Wexford


Western District News


Prior Authorization Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate

posted: March 25, 2021

Prior Authorization Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate

SB 247 was introduced in the Senate on March 16. APTA Michigan will be tracking this closely and will definitely include this as a primary issue at Advocacy Day.

SB 247 is significantly better than the version of SB 612 that passed the Senate last year, but there is still advocacy work to be done to ensure that this is legislation that will improve outcomes for patients while reducing the prior authorization red tape providers are forced to navigate.

SB 247 has been referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee and will be up for a hearing in the coming weeks. We also expect the House to introduce their own version of prior authorization reform sometime before the end of April. 


Representative Julie Rogers Introduces APTA Centennial Resolution in the Michigan House of Representatives

posted: March 03, 2021

Representative Julie Rogers, PT and APTA Michigan member, is pictured here turning in her House Resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Click here to see Julie Rogers reading the resolution.  

To view the resolution click here:  Download file 

About the Western District

The Western District is composed of nearly 1,000 Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Student Physical Therapists and Assistants who live/practice in West Michigan. The mission of the Western District is to support its members through the following set of values: 

  • Advocate – Protecting our profession and membership
  • Educate – Enhancing continuing education
  • Rejuvenate – Establishing passion through professional collaboration

The many leaders and volunteers of the Western District work diligently to deliver these values through membership meetings, professional continuing education events, and communication via social media. Strong voices make a big impact and if you are interested in learning more, looking for an opportunity to volunteer, or would be willing to serve as a continuing education speaker, please contact your district leadership today!

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